I love my Rhythm Ring. I received it and some Boomwhackers I’d ordered to use primarily with my private clients, but I’ve been using the Rhythm Ring at the care center. Well, of course. There aren’t many reasons not to use it. I have found that it helps my guitar playing sound stronger, likely because [...]
In the new year, I will be trying to tackle a music therapy- and/or music-related book every month. These include textbooks and novels. Suggestions for January?
I have been away for the past few days, celebrating Christmas with my families. Though I do like Christmas, I don’t love it or go crazy for it like some people do. What I love is that families find reason to be together; I don’t care for the stress that tends to accompany the rest [...]
For years, the Taliban banned music in Afghanistan. Here is a story of its resurgence. Andrew Solomon: A Time of Hope
My parents gave me a gift certificate to West Music for Christmas last year, and I have been using it, little by little, since then. Today I happily ordered a set of Boomwhackers and a Rhythm Ring Shaker. Merry Christmas to me, from a present gifted last year. I spent a number of years living [...]
I have a client who seems to have a great deal of anger. For months now, he and I have made very small steps toward reaching his goals. I have had trouble engaging him in any of the musical experiences I present, even though he speaks at length about how he wants to be a [...]
Ah, success was had. Today was the first-ever “variety show” at the care center. An 18-person choir and a seven- or eight-person drama troupe performed in addition to the nine-person tone chimes ensemble. There were many people to organize and prepare, and I was so pleased that a lot of them had friends and family [...]
I worked at the care center tonight, and we had a 35-piece community band come perform their Christmas music. I know the memory care residents pretty well, and so I sat among those who attended the performance in order to be sure they were comfortable and wouldn’t feel a need to leave. In the middle [...]
I am consumed by the care center’s upcoming holiday performance. I have: sent invitations out to family members / friends of performing residents prepared binders of music for each choir member given written reminders to each performer printed and posted signs all over the facility reserved the space for adequate time to set up sent [...]
Directly following our Minneapolis music therapist meeting last night, I received a text from one of my good friends and colleagues, saying that Clive Robbins of the Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy died. I am sad to hear this, and know that he will always be a very prominent figure in our profession.